Lung Cancer Screening Is Saving Lives

November 5, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 5, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT

A major breakthrough in lung cancer survival. For the first time, a screening method has shown to be effective in fighting the nation's top cancer killer.
The government study conducted by the National Cancer Institute shows that yearly low dose CT scans can reduce the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent.
Suspicious nodules that may indicate lung cancer can be seen in a CT scan of the lung, but not in an X-ray of the chest.
Lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease, claiming more lives than colorectal, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined. In most patients, the disease is discovered too late for effective treatment, and 85 percent of those who are diagnosed with lung cancer die from it.

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